Abia PDP stakeholders settle for Ikonne
Abaribe, others kick
There are indications that stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State have endorsed the aspiration of Prof. Uchenna Ikonne, former vice chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu.
It was gathered, yesterday, that, ahead of the gubernatorial primary of the PDP in the state scheduled between tomorrow and Thursday, leading party figures in the state decided to settle for Ikonne, after a strong argument by the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu- led cabinet members on the need to give every part of the state a sense of belonging.
A leader of the party in the state stated, yesterday, that although Ikonne is from the same Abia Central zone with Ikpeazu, he is from the old Aba division, not the Ngwa bloc, where the present governor comes from.
“We realised that even if the Abia Central Senatorial district is still in power now, giving the ticket to Ikonne would just mean reversing the flow of the zoning principles in the state. It means, having gone round Abia North to South and now Central, the central is starting the process again. That is what the real equity is about. We cannot continue to talk about zoning between the three zones without thinking of the old blocks in the state,” he said.
It was, however, gathered that some aspirants in the party are not happy with the decision and may opt out of the process. One of such is the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who, it was learnt, has decided not to participate in the primaries.